Boston Mineral Club
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You do not need a college degree in earth sciences to join the club! We are open to all. We welcome and encourage new members to join the club. Membership
The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies. The BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
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The March meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will be held on Tuesday, 7 March, in Haller Hall (our usual meeting room). Our speaker will be the Assistant Curator of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard, Kevin Czaja. Kevin has worked with the Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Department and Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum for nearly 20 years. Kevin has a B.A. from the Univ. of Connecticut, a M.A. from the Univ. at Albany and a M.A. in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the Harvard Extension School. He has been heavily involved in mineralogical study over the last 25 years. A past President of the Boston Mineral Club, his primary interests and expertise involve regional mineralogy, pegmatite mineral assemblages, and mineral identification.
Kevin’s presentation is entitled “American Mineral Heritage – the Harvard Collection”. He has provided the following description of his talk:
“The collections at the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard (MGMH) date back to the mid 1700s when Harvard University accepted a donation of marbles from the French Consulate. Since that time the stewards of this collection over the past 150 or so years has been a cast of colorful characters, scientific visionaries, and even one infamous villain! Over the past year, the MGMH was invited by curator Bob Downs of the University of Arizona Mineral Museum to create a display in the special exhibits wing of the Flandrau Science Museum in Tucson, Arizona that showcased the best stories and Mineral specimens from this colorful past. With the assistance of Curator Raquel Alonso-Perez, and Collections Manager Theresa Smith, Assistant Curator Kevin Czaja created a 10 case exhibit that attempted to capture the rich history of the MGMH through its collection strength's (gold, New England, classic locales, type specimens and even Arizona to cite a few examples) and collection's sometimes dramatic history. Kevin will present a summary of this effort to the BMC.”
My wife and I were privileged to attend the opening of the MGMH exhibit while in Tuscon in February of 2016. All I can say is that it was one of the best exhibits I have ever seen. Many of the specimens are so valuable that they were transported to and from Tucson in a Brinks truck and are seldom if ever on display in the MGMH museum. You won’t want to miss this talk!
In keeping with one aspect of this wide ranging presentation, Boston Mineral Club members are encouraged to bring in one or two classic New England mineral specimens from their collections. The BMC display case will be available to display your specimens.
The Harvard Mineral Museum will be open for us as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Refreshments will be available starting at 7:00 PM and the meeting will formally begin at 7:30 PM with a short business meeting led by BMC Vice President, Mike Haritos, before starting the presentation. The evening will end with our traditional mineral specimen raffle.
All of our meetings are open to the public, please feel free to invite a friend to attend and see what the club is all about.
All Boston Mineral Club meetings are open to the public!
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